Marcia Muller Books

Marcia Muller, who had a stint as a journalist and is married to a fellow writer, is an American author of several series, standalone books, short stories, and anthologies. Marcia Muller, who has co-authored some of her work with husband Bill Pronzini, is most notably renowned for the Sharon sleuthing-related Sharon McCone series of novels. Sharon McCone, a female inquiry agentm is the featured protagonist of the “Sharon McCone” series of books authored by Marcia Muller. Muller’s first book portraying character Sharon McCone was published in 1977 called Edwin of the Iron Shoes, and the series of novels is shelved as mystery and suspense-cum-thriller genre.

Order of Sharon McCone Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Edwin of the Iron Shoes 1977 Description / Buy
2 Ask the Cards a Question 1982 Description / Buy
3 The Cheshire Cat's Eye (Short Story) 1983 Description / Buy
4 Games to Keep the Dark Away 1984 Description / Buy
5 Leave a Message for Willie 1984 Description / Buy
6 Double (By: Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
7 Double 1984 Description / Buy
8 There's Nothing to Be Afraid Of 1985 Description / Buy
9 Eye of the Storm 1988 Description / Buy
10 The Shape of Dread 1989 Description / Buy
11 There's Something in a Sunday 1990 Description / Buy
12 Trophies and Dead Things 1990 Description / Buy
13 Where Echoes Live 1991 Description / Buy
14 Pennies On a Dead Woman's Eyes 1992 Description / Buy
15 Wolf in the Shadows 1993 Description / Buy
16 Till the Butchers Cut Him Down 1994 Description / Buy
17 A Wild and Lonely Place 1995 Description / Buy
18 The Broken Promise Land 1996 Description / Buy
19 Both Ends of the Night 1997 Description / Buy
20 While Other People Sleep 1998 Description / Buy
21 A Walk Through the Fire 1999 Description / Buy
22 Listen to the Silence 2000 Description / Buy
23 Dead Midnight 2002 Description / Buy
24 The Dangerous Hour 2004 Description / Buy
25 Vanishing Point 2006 Description / Buy
26 The Ever-Running Man 2007 Description / Buy
27 Burn Out 2008 Description / Buy
28 Locked In 2009 Description / Buy
29 Coming Back 2010 Description / Buy
30 City of Whispers 2011 Description / Buy
31 Skeleton in the Closet 2012 Description / Buy
32 Looking for Yesterday 2012 Description / Buy
33 The Night Searchers 2014 Description / Buy
34 Merrill-Go-Round (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
35 Tell Me Who I Am (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
36 Someone Always Knows 2016 Description / Buy
37 The Color of Fear 2017 Description / Buy
38 The Breakers 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Sharon McCone Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 The McCone Files 1995 Description / Buy
2 McCone and Friends 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Elena Oliverez Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Tree of Death 1983 Description / Buy
2 The Legend of the Slain Soldiers 1985 Description / Buy

Order of Joanna Stark Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Cavalier in White 1986 Description / Buy
2 There Hangs the Knife 1988 Description / Buy
3 Dark Star 1989 Description / Buy

Order of John Quincannon Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Quincannon (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy

Order of John Quincannon Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Quincannon (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
2 Beyond the Grave (With: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy

Order of Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Bughouse Affair 2013 Description / Buy
2 The Spook Lights Affair 2013 Description / Buy
3 The Body Snatchers Affair 2015 Description / Buy
4 The Plague of Thieves Affair 2016 Description / Buy
5 The Dangerous Ladies Affair 2017 Description / Buy
6 The Bags of Tricks Affair (By: Bill Pronzini) 2018 Description / Buy
7 The Flimflam Affair (By: Bill Pronzini) 2019 Description / Buy
8 The Stolen Gold Affair (By: Bill Pronzini) 2020 Description / Buy
9 The Paradise Affair (By: Bill Pronzini) 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Cape Perdido Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Point Deception 2001 Description / Buy
2 Cyanide Wells 2003 Description / Buy
3 Cape Perdido 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Marcia Muller Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Lighthouse (With: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
2 A Century of Mystery (With: Bill Pronzini) 1997 Description / Buy
3 Crucifixion River (With: Bill Pronzini) 2007 Description / Buy
4 Kindling Point (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Marcia Muller Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Deceptions 1991 Description / Buy
2 Duo 1998 Description / Buy
3 Time of the Wolves 2003 Description / Buy
4 Somewhere in the City 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Bill Pronzini Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Graveyard Plots (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
2 Small Felonies (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
3 Stacked Deck (By: Bill Pronzini) 1991 Description / Buy
4 Sleuths (By: Bill Pronzini) 1999 Description / Buy
5 Problems Solved (By: Bill Pronzini) 2003 Description / Buy
6 Burgade's Crossing (By: Bill Pronzini) 2003 Description / Buy
7 On Account of Darkness and Other Stories (By: Bill Pronzini,Barry N. Malzberg) 2004 Description / Buy
8 Coyote and Quarter-Moon (By: Bill Pronzini) 2006 Description / Buy
9 Crucifixion River (With: Bill Pronzini) 2007 Description / Buy
10 Dago Red (By: Bill Pronzini) 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Bill Pronzini Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Mystery Writers' Choice 1977 (By: Bill Pronzini) 1976 Description / Buy
2 Midnight Specials (By: Bill Pronzini) 1977 Description / Buy
3 Dark Sins, Dark Dreams (By: Bill Pronzini,Barry N. Malzberg) 1979 Description / Buy
4 Werewolf! A Chrestomathy of Lycanthropy (By: Bill Pronzini) 1979 Description / Buy
5 The End of Summer (By: Bill Pronzini) 1979 Description / Buy
6 Night screams (By: Bill Pronzini) 1979 Description / Buy
7 Shared Tomorrows (By: Bill Pronzini,Barry N. Malzberg) 1979 Description / Buy
8 Voodoo (By: Bill Pronzini) 1980 Description / Buy
9 Mummy! (By: Bill Pronzini) 1980 Description / Buy
10 Bug-Eyed Monsters (By: Bill Pronzini) 1980 Description / Buy
11 The Edgar Winners (By: Bill Pronzini) 1980 Description / Buy
12 The Giant Book Of Horror Stories (By: Stephen King,Bill Pronzini) 1981 Description / Buy
13 Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense (By: Bernard Malamud,Bill Pronzini) 1981 Description / Buy
14 Classic Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (By: Bill Pronzini) 1981 Description / Buy
15 The Arbor House Necropolis (By: Bill Pronzini) 1981 Description / Buy
16 The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense (By: Bill Pronzini) 1982 Description / Buy
17 The Web She Weaves (By: Bill Pronzini) 1983 Description / Buy
18 The Arbor House Treasury of Detective and Mystery Stories from the Great Pulps (By: Bill Pronzini) 1983 Description / Buy
19 The Mystery Hall of Fame (By: Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
20 The Western Hall of Fame (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
21 The Outlaws (By: Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
22 The Reel West (By: Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
23 13 Short Mystery Novels (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
24 The Arbor House Treasury of Great Western Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
25 The Cowboys (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
26 The Ethnic Detectives (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
27 Dark Lessons (With: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
28 The Warriors (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
29 The Second Reel West (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
30 Murder in the First Reel (By: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
31 The Railroaders (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
32 The Steamboaters (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
33 Great Modern Police Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
34 The Third Reel West (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
35 101 Mystery Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
36 The Cattlemen (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
37 Tales Of Mystery (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
38 Tales of the Dead (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
39 Wild Westerns (By: Bill Pronzini) 1986 Description / Buy
40 Prime Suspects (By: Bill Pronzini) 1987 Description / Buy
41 Manhattan Mysteries (By: Bill Pronzini) 1987 Description / Buy
42 The Horse Soldiers (By: Bill Pronzini) 1987 Description / Buy
43 Uncollected Crimes (By: Bill Pronzini) 1987 Description / Buy
44 Suspicious Characters (By: Bill Pronzini) 1987 Description / Buy
45 13 Short Detective Novels (By: Bill Pronzini) 1987 Description / Buy
46 Criminal Elements (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
47 Cloak and Dagger (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
48 The Texans (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
49 Best of the West (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
50 Homicidal Acts (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
51 Lady on the Case (By: Bill Pronzini) 1988 Description / Buy
52 The Californians (By: Bill Pronzini) 1989 Description / Buy
53 Felonious Assaults (By: Bill Pronzini) 1989 Description / Buy
54 The Arizonans (By: Bill Pronzini) 1989 Description / Buy
55 More Wild Westerns (By: Bill Pronzini) 1989 Description / Buy
56 Deadly Doings (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) 1989 Description / Buy
57 The Northerners (By: Bill Pronzini) 1990 Description / Buy
58 The Northwesterners (By: Bill Pronzini) 1990 Description / Buy
59 Best of the West III (By: Bill Pronzini) 1990 Description / Buy
60 Christmas Out West (By: Bill Pronzini) 1990 Description / Buy
61 Crime and Crime Again (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) 1990 Description / Buy
62 Best of the West 2 (By: Martin H. Greenberg,Bill Pronzini) 1990 Description / Buy
63 A Treasury of World War II Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1991 Description / Buy
64 A Treasury of Civil War Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1991 Description / Buy
65 The Montanans (By: Bill Pronzini) 1991 Description / Buy
66 Combat! (By: Bill Pronzini) 1992 Description / Buy
67 Great Tales Of The West (By: Bill Pronzini) 1994 Description / Buy
68 Great Tales of Horror and the Supernatural (By: Bill Pronzini) 1994 Description / Buy
69 The Giant Book of War Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1997 Description / Buy
70 A Century of Mystery (With: Bill Pronzini) 1997 Description / Buy
71 The Giant Book of Private Eye Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1997 Description / Buy
72 Giant Book Of Short Crime Stories (By: Bill Pronzini) 1997 Description / Buy
73 Duo (With: Bill Pronzini) 1998 Description / Buy
74 Pure Pulp (By: Ed Gorman,Bill Pronzini) 1999 Description / Buy
75 Oddments (By: Bill Pronzini) 2000 Description / Buy
76 More Oddments (By: Bill Pronzini) 2001 Description / Buy
77 Masters of Horror and the Supernatural (By: Bill Pronzini) 2010 Description / Buy
78 Deadly Anniversaries (With: Bill Pronzini) 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Ed Gorman Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Westeryear (By: Ed Gorman) 1988 Description / Buy
2 Dark Whispers and Other Stories (By: Ed Gorman) 1993 Description / Buy
3 Out There in the Darkness, Volume 1 (By: Ed Gorman) 1995 Description / Buy
4 Moonchasers and other stories (By: Ed Gorman) 1995 Description / Buy
5 Woman On The Beat (By: Ed Gorman) 1995 Description / Buy
6 Eye of the Beholder and Other Stories (Short Story) (By: Ed Gorman) 1998 Description / Buy
7 Famous Blue Raincoat (By: Ed Gorman) 1999 Description / Buy
8 Such a Good Girl and Other Crime Stories (By: Ed Gorman) 2001 Description / Buy
9 Prisoners & Other Stories (By: Ed Gorman) 2003 Description / Buy
10 Crooks, Crimes And Christmas (By: Ed Gorman) 2003 Description / Buy
11 The Long Ride Back (By: Ed Gorman) 2004 Description / Buy
12 Different Kinds of Dead and Other Tales (By: Ed Gorman) 2005 Description / Buy
13 The Phantom Chronicles 2 (By: Ed Gorman) 2009 Description / Buy
14 The End Of It All And Other Stories (By: Ed Gorman) 2009 Description / Buy
15 Noir 13 (By: Ed Gorman) 2010 Description / Buy
16 Dead Man's Gun and Other Western Stories (Short Story) (By: Ed Gorman) 2013 Description / Buy
17 A Disgrace to the Badge (Short Story) (By: Ed Gorman) 2013 Description / Buy
18 Enemies and Other Western Stories (Short Story) (By: Ed Gorman) 2013 Description / Buy
19 Scream Queen and Other Tales of Menace (By: Ed Gorman) 2014 Description / Buy
20 The Long Ride Back and Other Western Stories (By: Ed Gorman) 2015 Description / Buy
21 Shadow Games and Other Sinister Stories of Show Business (By: Ed Gorman) 2016 Description / Buy

Marcia Muller Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Web She Weaves (With: Bill Pronzini) 1983 Description / Buy
2 Child's Ploy (With: Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
3 Witches' Brew (With: Bill Pronzini) 1984 Description / Buy
4 Chapter and Hearse (With: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
5 She Won the West (With: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
6 Deadly Arts (With: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
7 Wickedest Show on Earth (With: Bill Pronzini) 1985 Description / Buy
8 Kill or Cure (With: Bill Pronzini) 1989 Description / Buy
9 A Woman's Eye (With: Bill Pronzini) 1991 Description / Buy
10 The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories (With: Bill Pronzini) 1992 Description / Buy
11 Criminal Intent (With: Bill Pronzini) 1993 Description / Buy
12 Women on the Case (With: Bill Pronzini) 1996 Description / Buy
13 GUILTY AS CHARGED (With: Bill Pronzini) 1996 Description / Buy
14 Detective Duos (With: Bill Pronzini) 1997 Description / Buy
15 Death by Horoscope (With: Bill Pronzini) 2001 Description / Buy
16 Deadly Anniversaries (With: Bill Pronzini) 2020 Description / Buy
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Sharon McCone is a seasoned and much sought-after San Francisco-based private sleuth. She is an ambitious private detective who soon realizes that she has been carried away excessively by the investigative tasks which she undertakes.

The first book in the Sharon McCone series, Edwin of the Iron Shoes, starts by showcasing Sharon McCone who recently joined a law firm known as All Souls Legal Cooperative. This kick starts McCone’s private sleuthing career. Unfortunately for her, she has acquired little knowledge concerning her initial assignment which is all about investigating an antique dealer’s gory murder. The assignment takes her to an antique-belt which is also dotted with curio stores. But Marcia Muller must tread softly because that locale is not only stirring fear in the wake of vandalized shops, but she has also chanced upon a secret which, in the quest to hush it up, might possibly lead to a series of murders.

She goes to the antique shop whose then proprietor is the deceased person she is mandated for sleuthing. It is while she is there and amid a mannequin, dummy and stuffed pet, that she learns about the secret. In this serialized Sharon McCone, Marcia Muller has crafted a trend-setting book which buttresses her reputable storytelling prowess, and culminated in her being honored during the 2005 award ceremony of the Edgar Awards. In 2004, Marcia Muller’s Wolf in The Shadows had been nominated for the Edgar Awards.

Marcia Muller Awards

Marcia Muller has won varied awards and been nominated for others for her decades-long writing career which dates from her formative years. Incidentally, she first produced her self-published book while aged 12. Most notably, in 2005, Marcia Muller clinched the Grand Master Award which was proffered to her by the New York-based Mystery Writers of America group.

In 1993, Marcia Muller clinched the Lifetime Achievement award from The Private Eye Writers of America, truncated The Eye. What’s more, Muller had won the 1991 editions of the Shamus Awards for story titled Final Resting Place (this is in the serialized Sharon McCone) in the Best PI Short Story category. In 2010, her story titled Locked In, also a part of the Sharon McCone series, won a Shamus Award in the Best PI Hardcover category; similarly, the character Sharon McCone won a Shamus Award, under the Hammer category.

In 2008, Marcia Muller and her co-author-cum-husband won the Spur Award for their Crucifixion River, in the Best Short Fiction Story category. Did you know that Marcia Muller has clinched the Anthony Award six times? Lastly, Marcia Muller’s non-fiction has also won the Macavity Awards in the Best Crtical/Biographic Mystery Work category.

Marcia Muller Books into TV Shows/Movies

In the past, there have been alleged plans to adapt the Sharon McCone series authored by Marcia Muller for TV series. Spring Creek Productions, in conjunction with CBS-TV, was reportedly working on the film adaptation.

According to Marcia Muller’s 2007 collection titled Somewhere in the City, her 2003 work titled Time of the Wolves was adapted into the adventure action film titled Into the Badlands. Even then, Marcia Muller intuits that the specific part which forms the basis of the film was incorporated into the work of someone else and placed deep into the said film. The starring in that part is actor Bruce Dern.

Best Marcia Muller Books

Naturally, the following are the best books by Marcia Muller by virtue of winning the awards. The first, Locked In, is the 27th in the Sharon McCone series. Hereby, McCone is wounded and nearly paralyzed, prompting her to investigate about the mysterious attacker. The second, Wolf in the Shadows, is the fourteenth in the series; here McCone has succeeded in her sleuthing and is in a relationship with a little-known spouse.

Other Books You May Like

Readers who read the series written by Marcia Muller also read the following. One, Linda Barnes’ Carlotta Carlyle series; this revolves around a former law enforcer and private eye called Carlotta Carlyle who has an innate ability of sensing problems, especially when prompted by an elderly woman offering money in her quest for knowing where the brother is.

Two, Sara Paretsky‘s V.I. Warshawski; almost like Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, this series revolves around a Chicago-based private eye. Like the aforementioned, the third book, Karen Kijewski’s Kat Colorado, has a protagonist who is a private detective.

When Does The Next Marcia Muller book come out?

Marcia Muller doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Deadly Anniversaries and was released on April, 21st 2020. It is the newest book in the .

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